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Traffic Advisory: Funeral Procession for Fallen Greenbelt City Police Officer, Cpl. Peters


                                                                               Cpl. Peters

Dear Campus Community,

I am sorry that my first email to you is that of sorrow. The Greenbelt Police Department has lost one of their own. Cpl. Christine Peters was critically injured while investigating a vehicle crash on Edmonston Road near Sunnyside Road on January 2, 2021. While Cpl. Peters was on foot, she was struck by a passing vehicle. 

On January 14, 2021, Cpl. Peters passed away due to the injuries she sustained while on duty on January 2, 2021.  

Cpl. Peters began her law enforcement career right here at the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) in 1994 as a graduate of UMPD Police Academy, Session 12. Cpl. Peters served the University of Maryland community from 1994 to 1998 and continued her law enforcement career at the Greenbelt Police Department. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Cpl. Peters’ family, friends, the Greenbelt Police Department and the Greenbelt Community as we mourn with you over the loss of Cpl. Peters. 

Tomorrow, the funeral procession of Cpl. Peters will take place, with it beginning on campus and ending at the City of Greenbelt. If you are on campus and you see a large number of police vehicles in the parking lot 1C area, they are here for the funeral procession. The escort will enter campus at North Gate (by the Iribe Building) and travel up Campus Drive to parking lot 1C. 

The procession will begin at approximately 1 p.m., on Friday, January 22, 2021. The procession will depart from parking lot 1C and travel east on Campus Drive, right onto Regents Drive, left onto Baltimore Avenue, right onto Campus Drive and proceed to the City of Greenbelt via Kenilworth Avenue to Greenbelt Road. 

Those of you who wish to pay your respects to Cpl. Peters, you may do so at any point along the route. If on campus, some options to view the procession are the steps of the Memorial Chapel facing Regents Drive, the sidewalk along Campus Drive between H.J. Patterson and Edward St. John, and the sidewalk along Regents Drive between McKeldin Mall and the Administration Building.  

If traveling on campus before and at the time of the funeral procession, please expect traffic delays. This include delays in campus transportation as portions of roadways will be temporarily shut down as the procession enters and leaves campus.

Please keep the family of Corporal Christine Peters in your thoughts and prayers.


Chief David B. Mitchell 

Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety